Connecting and supporting Minnesota’s creative community of independent musicians.

“A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.”

- Leopold Stokowski

Upcoming Events:

MMC Calendar

posted on Wed, Oct 22 2014 12:30 pm by MN Music Coalition

Fri 10/17/14

The 2014 Caravan du Nord rolls into Red Wing for a day of free artist workshops, networking with industry professionals and an evening concert headlined by indie/rock band Communist Daughter!


Caravan du Nord w/Romantica, Jillian Rae, Barbara Piper at Shattuck-St. Mary's (Faribault)
Fri 10/24/14

The 2014 Caravan du Nord returns to Faribault this year for a day of free artist workshops, networking with industry professionals and an evening concert featuring nationally lauded Americana band Romantica, fiddler/songwriter Jillian Rae and local vocalist Barb Piper!


Innova Recordings in collaboration with the Minnesota Music Coalition is hosting a monthly series of listening events at Landmark Center. We will meet to socialize with others interested in contemporary music, and then focus on selected recordings heard under ideal conditions, from beginning to end, and discussed (where possible) with the makers. It’s what the enjoyment of recorded music used to be about in the 50s when stereo was the in thing. Selections will come from the hundreds of albums put out by the award-winning innova label, and feature some of its most significant (even if unfamiliar) works by visionary composers.

Free and open to the public


Caravan du Nord w/Sleep Study, Crankshaft, Breanne Marie & The Front Porch Sinners at College of St. Scholastica (Duluth)
Thurs 11/6/14

The 2014 Caravan du Nord comes to Lake Superior for the first time, presenting a day of free artist workshops, networking with industry professionals and a grand finale show at the Michell Auditorium with indie rock band Sleep Study, Americana blues artist Crankshaft, and local country outfit Breanne Marie & The Front Porch Sinners


Trampled By Turtles w/Doomtree, Low & Haley Bonar in Duluth

Saturday, June 28, 4:30 pm
Bayfront Festival Park
350 Harbor Drive, Duluth, MN
Tickets: $25 advance / $30 gate
Kids 12 & under free!  

We are proud to partner with First Avenue to present an all-ages outdoor concert on Saturday, June 28 at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth, featuring the state's top Americana, hip hop and indie rock talent. Sponsored by 89.3 The Current, the event will include performances by Trampled By Turtles, Doomtree, Low and Haley Bonar. Kids 12 and under get in free, and advance tickets are just $25, available through First Avenue or any of their ticket outlets. For more information, please contact First Avenue at (612) 332-1775.
Duluth's hometown heroes and Billboard-charting bluegrass band Trampled By Turtles headline the show in celebration of their forthcoming album Wild Animals, which will be officially released on July 15. Their only Minnesota show scheduled until their Palomino Festival at Canterbury Park in September, it should be a lively kick-off to their summer tour. Joining Trampled By Turtles will be fellow Duluth band and indie-rock favorites Low, the dynamite hip hop collective Doomtree and singer-songwriter Haley Bonar, who just released a new album called Last War that was recently featured on National Public Radio.
The Minnesota Music Coalition (MMC) is proud to be a sponsor of this event as it is the only statewide nonprofit devoted to serving Minnesota's popular musicians by showcasing their talent and providing them with the skills and resources to have sustaining careers in music. All the artists performing as part of this June 28th event have participated in the MMC's Caravan du Nord tour of Greater Minnesota, matching big-name regional talent with emerging artists and local bands to present music workshops and concerts in small towns across the state.

2014 MN Music Summit

We are proud to announce the third annual MN Music Summit will take place April 10-12 in downtown St. Paul and will feature performances by hot new hip hop stars GRRRL PRTY, Twin Cities veteran rockers The Honeydogs and Duluth breakout band Southwire. In addition, this 3-day festival will include workshops, industry panels, mentoring sessions and social networking opportunities for artists, fans and local music movers and shakers. Expanding on last year's highly successful event, this year's Summit will include a keynote address Casey Rae of the Future of Music Coalition, a DC-based nonprofit that advocates for laws and public policy that positively affect musicians. Partnering with the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival and American Composers Forum, the Summit will also include workshops on music placement and composing for film. Thanks to the support of the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, St. Paul Cultural STAR, Summit Brewing, McNally Smith College of Music, Amsterdam Bar & Hall, Minnesota Public Radio and the ongoing support of the McKnight Foundation, daytime events are free and all events are all ages.
View the full schedule here.
The 2014 MN Music Summit is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. The MN Music Summit is also supported by the St. Paul Cultural STAR with ongoing support of the McKnight Foundation.

1/11 Benefit w/Astronautalis & Sims

posted on Mon, Dec 30 2013 11:21 am by MN Music Coalition

Astronautalis & Sims Benefit Concert at The Garage (Burnsville)

Sat 1/11/13, 6:00 pm

The MMC is proud to be a sponsor of a special all-ages benefit for To the Bridge Foundation. Featuring performances by local hip hop favorites Astronautalis and Sims, the concert will take place on Saturday, January 11th at 6 pm at The Garage in Burnsville, MN. It will be the 3rd annual benefit concert held to honor Chaska native Tony Dolski who lost his life on August 9, 2011 and raise money to support To the Bridge Foundation's work to support those struggling with chemical dependency and help them create bridges to the next stages of their lives. More information and tickets available here.

Workshop Wednesdays

posted on Mon, Dec 30 2013 11:53 am by MN Music Coalition

Health Insurance for MN Musicians: How to Navigate MNsure

at Springboard for the Arts (308 Prince Street, St. Paul)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Open Info Session: 6:30-7:30 pm

Personalized Assistance: 6:30-8:30 pm (by appointment only)

MMC teams up with Springboard for the Arts to help musicians looking at enrolling in insurance through MNsure. Drop in to the Springboard for the Arts offices any time from 6:30-7:30pm to get your MNsure questions answered and watch Springboard's new MNsure video series. A limited number of appointments are also available from 6:30-8:30pm for those who would like assistance creating a MNsure account and filling out an application for health insurance coverage.

The event is free and open to all ages. Please RSVP to Nikki Hunt at and include whether you'd like an appointment for personalized application assistance between 6:30-8:30 pm.

MMC's Workshop Wednesdays are held in the Twin Cities the third Wednesday of every month from 6:30-7:30 pm on a variety of professional and creative topics, including publishing, promotions, songwriting, entertainment law, and wellness.

Springboard for the Arts is certified as a MNsure Navigator for Minnesota’s creative workforce. Their role is to provide one-on-one, unbiased information and referrals to help you better understand the requirement for coverage and assist you in gaining that coverage through MNsure. For more information, please visit